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Doing Life with Jesus: Teach Us to Pray
1. Close Reading : After praying for God to enlighten your mind, read carefully through Luke 11:1-12 and Matthew
6:5-15, more than once. Look for these three things: LIGHTBULB – something that shines from the passage,
draws your attention ; QUESTION MARK – something difficult to understand ; ARROW – a personal application .
Share the results of your study with your group.
2. The Lord’s Prayer : When Jesus disciples implored him, ‘Teach us to pray,’ Jesus gave them what we call the
Lord’s Prayer. This beautiful prayer is worth much study and careful reflection. Work through each phrase of
this prayer, following the cross references, looking for how it can be used by the Christian, in Leon Morris’
words, “to seek God’s help in ordinary daily life.”
9 Our Father (Isa. 64:8) in heaven (2 Chron. 20:6; Eccl. 5:2), may your name be kept holy (Exod. 20:7; Isa. 6:3).
10 May your Kingdom come soon (Luke 21:31). May your will be done on earth (Matt. 26:39), as it is in heaven (Rev. 11:15).
11 Give us today the food we need (Psa. 104:10-23),
12 and forgive us our sins (Psa. 103:8-12), as we have forgiven those who sin against us (Matt. 6:14-15).
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation (James 1:13-14), but rescue us from the evil one (1 Pet.5:8).
3. ‘How Much More’ : The Bible frequently employs the a fortiori (lit. ‘from the stronger’) logical argument – if X is
true, how much more true is Y . For example: if God clothes the lilies, how much more will He clothe you?
Jesus uses three a fortiori arguments to teach his disciples about prayer: the friend at midnight (Luke 11:5-8),
the father and son (Luke 11:11-13), and the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8). Identify the corresponding parts
of these arguments – the X and the Y . How does this give you confidence when you take to your knees in